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Things to do in NYC this week: July 24-30

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Performing arts


A 70’s Summer Night
Friday, 6:30 p.m.
The Green Building
452 Union St., Gowanus
$35, 347-529-6473

Party like it’s summer in the 1970s with Third Rail Projects’ Roadside Attraction – a dance piece with six performers and a vintage pop-up camper. After the initial performance sold out quickly, this second show was added. Enjoy dinner from Dinosaur BBQ, dessert from Luca & Bosco Ice Cream and a post-show dance party.

The X-travaganza! Burlesque show
July 25, 8 p.m.
The Studio at Webster Hall
125 E. 11th St.
$20-$45

Nearly Naked Nerds and Lefty Lucy present a night to satisfy every nerd’s craving for comics and nearly naked superheroes with an X-Men-themed burlesque and rap show. Nerdcore rapper Adam WarRock will bust out the rhymes while Lefty Lucy (as Kitty Pryde), Fem Appeal (as Storm), Matt Knife (as Wolverine) and more do some dancing and shed some clothing.

Food & Drink


Brewery Night: Maeloc Cider Tasting & Book Launch Party
Tonight, 6 p.m.
Bar Catalonia
206 West 41St.
Free, 212-703-8600

Because an apple a day keeps the doctor away, a craft cider tasting is gonna keep you healthy … or something. Not only are you getting your fill of apples and alcohol but you’re also getting an education – the night doubles as a release party for author Jeff Musillo’s new novel, "Snapshot Americana." Read and drink and indulge in SoCo Creamery Ice Cream cocktails while you’re at it –only $5 a pop while supplies last.

2014 Crab Feast
Tonight & August 21, 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Café Ghia
24 Irving Ave., Bushwick
$40, 718-821-8806

For two nights this summer you can get crabby, Baltimore style, without leaving the confines of our very own city. And by crabby we mean indulging in steamed crabs prepared in Sixpoint Apollo and Old Bay with corn on the cob, roasted potato wedges and fresh watermelon. Each night will have two seatings, and crab expert Ellen Letcher will be on hand for tutorials.

rooftop films short films hudson river Check out a free screening of shorts along the Hudson River.
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Film


Free Screenings on the Hudson
Thursday-Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
Brookfield Place
220 Vesey St.
Free, 718-417-7362

Hang out on the waterfront of Brookfield Place for three days of Rooftop Films. First up is the 11th annual Animation Block Party featuring a night of animated shorts and live music from Franny & Zooey. Night two will be NY Shorts featuring short films like “Unlocking the Truth” about the eighth-grade metal band of the same name that just scored a Sony Records contract. And night three wraps things up with a sneak peek at Adam Kahan’s documentary “The Case of the Three-Sided Dream” about Rahsaan Roland Kirk, a jazz musician who overcame blindness and paralysis.

NewFest 2014
Thursday-July 29, various times
Walter Reade Theater
165 W. 65th St.
$13, 212-875-5610

New York’s premier LGBT film festival turns 26 this year, and to celebrate they’ve curated a diverse selection of shorts, documentaries, narratives and more for your viewing pleasure. See “Age of Consent,” about London’s only gay fetish bar and the evolution of the city’s LGBT community, and the supernatural “Jamie Marks Is Dead,” about a bullied teenager’s ghost befriending one of his former classmates. Many of the films will be screening in NYC for the first time and some will include Q&As.

Katra Film Series Second Round
Saturday, 5 p.m.
Katra, 217 Bowery St.
$15-$20, 212-473-3113

A festival of shorts from emerging and award-winning NYC filmmakers, competing for prizes and a chance to enter the Katra Film Series Grand Finale in January. Films include “Out of the Ash” starring Jorge Garcia (Hurley from “Lost”) “Kung Fu Bum,” about a fighter seeking vengeance after his clan is wiped out, and “Las Mañanitas,” about a girl who’s visited by the Virgin Mary -— in a frying pan.

Party


'Controversy' - The Scandalous NYC Prince Tribute Party: Quarterly
Tonight, 10 p.m.
(le) poisson rouge
158 Bleecker St.
$5, 212-505-3474

Join DJ Ceremony to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film "Purple Rain." It’s all Prince jams, all night. Do you know what it sounds like when doves cry? Have you ever taken a ride in a little red corvette? Wear a raspberry beret? You get it, now don your favorite purple garb and get ready to dance.

Summer in the City: Bushwick Beverages
Saturday, 2 p.m.
Troutman Street betweenSt. Nicholas and Wyckoff Avenue, Bushwick
$20-$30

This is what summer afternoons were made for: an all-day block party full of craft wine and beer tastings, DJs and live bands. Check out Lot 45, AP Café and Union Pizza for the tastings, and enjoy the sounds of the all-female band Mariachi Flor de Toloache and R&B duo Julia & Terrance. Your ticket comes with 10 — yes, you read that correctly — 10 drink tickets.

Music


Celebrate Brooklyn! Presents: Nick Cave andthe Bad Seeds
Saturday, 7 p.m.
Prospect Park Bandshell
$59.50

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds belt out murder ballads and tracks that span their 31-year career. Look forward to songs from their new album, “Push the Sky Away.”

Readings


Word for Word: Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith
July 30, 12:30 p.m.
Bryant Park Reading Room
42nd Street and Fifth Avenue
Free, 212-768-4242

Snootchie bootchies! Jay and Silent Bob make a rare appearance to discuss their new illustrated book, “Jay & Silent Bob’s Blueprints for Destroying Everything.” Get your signed copy of the art of destruction.

 

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